Wild Wild West, the seminal film achievement of the 90s, is regarded as a masterpiece of the medium not only for its fantastic acting and brilliant cinematography, but also for the honest, truthful manner in which it depicts the true story of Captain James West in his well-documented but oft-misunderstood journey of self-discovery and national interest. Often ranked with the documentaries of Ken Burns or the films of Michael Bay as among the most historically accurate films of the modern film era, the writting of Wild Wild West involved years of research, intensive character studies on the part of the actors, and even screenwritting supervision by the aged Artemus Gordon himself.
As is well known, all the devices used in the film were powered by steam, as was all technology of the ninteenth century. The most notorious of these devices was the Tarantula Tank, which was, in the worlds of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, "One of the most badass marvels of mankind's progress." The device, left in ruins by Captain West, has since been reconstructed by historians and is today displayed in the lobby of the Santa Fe City Museum, in the midst of the town it once sought to destroy.
The events of Captain West's escapades had wide-reaching effects on later historical events both in the United States and abroad. The destruction of the Tarantula Tank and the salvation of President Ulysses S. Grant are usually considered to have been the ultimate cause to the European stand-off that was to end several years later in the outbreak of the first world war. According to acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage, "The adventures of James West changed, not only the West, but ironically enough, the East as well."
A few small historical inaccuracies have been spotted in the film. Of note, the depiction of human beings riding atop horses is derivative of a commonly believed myth, which states that ancient human beings had once gained mastery over the equine race. This is, of course, not true, although there are written records of horses using human beings as beasts of burden. Furthermore, the theme song to the film features the word "wiki," reminicent of the sound of a record scratch. However, the youngest uneducated child could tell you records were not invented until at least the 1960s, so such a noise could not exist back in the 1800s. Of course, this also raises a question in regards to how the film was shot in color as opposed to black and white, as the world only existed in greyscale until the invention of color during the filming of The Wizard of Oz.